A Canadian government lawyer argued today that the Northern Gateway pipeline project has undergone an extensive federal review and should go ahead.
The government is asking the Federal Court of Appeal to uphold its decision to approve the $7-billion-dollar project, while First Nations, environmental groups and a union are asking the court to quash it.
Lawyer Jan Brongers says there must be a high bar for a court to overturn a democratically elected cabinet’s decision.
The government approved the proposal from Calgary-based Enbridge last year with 209 conditions, including the creation of plans to protect caribou habitats and marine mammals.
The BC government and Northern Gateway are expected to state their cases later this week.